Billboard Bits: Knopfler, Face To Face, Soulfly

News on Mark Knopfler, Face To Face, Soulfly

MarkMark Knopfler will next week make his first live appearance since the March motorcycle accident that caused the cancellation of his summer U.K. tour. Knopfler has been added to the bill of Wednesday's (Nov. 12) performance by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at London's Royal Albert Hall, which will also feature appearances by Peter Frampton and Chris Rea.

The former Dire Straits frontman is said to be at work on a new studio album, which his official Web site says will hopefully be released in the autumn of 2004."

-- Paul Sexton, London

FaceVeteran punk act Face To Face is calling it quits after 13 years and six studio albums. "This is a mutual split," says bassist Scott Shiflett. "We like to think that we have the good sense to know when a band has run its course and for us the time has come. Besides, you never want to be the last one to leave the party."

The group's final album, 2002's "How To Ruin Everything," debuted at No. 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Face To Face played its final shows on this summer's Vans Warped Tour.

Frontman Trever Keith is working on a Face To Face CD/DVD retrospective, which he will release on his own Sound On Sound label. He and Shiflett have also wrapped work on their second album as Viva Death, which will be issued by Vagrant.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

MaxBacked by an all-new lineup, Soulfly singer/guitarist Max Cavalera is in the midst of producing the band's fourth album. Rounding out the former Sepultura member's band are former Ill Nino guitarist Marc Rizzo, ex-Primer 55 bassist Bobby Burns and drummer Joe Nunez.

Due sometime in 2004, the set is being primarily recorded at the Saltmine Studios in Mesa, Ariz., and produced by Cavalera. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson played on four tracks expected to make the final cut.

The follow-up to 2004's "III" (Roadrunner), the new Soulfly album will also likely feature a track Cavalera plans to record this week with Serbian ska/metal act Eyesburn. The artist is in Belgrade tonight (Nov. 7) to take part in the Eye for an Eye jam session with Eyesburn and Ritam Nereda singer/guitarist Boban.

As previously reported, Cavalera appears on the track "Red War" from Dave Grohl's self-titled debut as Probot, due in February via Southern Lord.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.